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If the North Carolina Department of Social Services wants to write a handbook on what not to do as a county board, all it has to do is record the goings-on of Brunswick County DSS.
If there weren’t lives and significant taxpayer dollars associated with this debacle, it would be humorous.
But there’s nothing funny about providing quality-of-life services, especially for children and the elderly.
There should be no personal or political agendas tied to decisions made within this agency, but unfortunately the majority of this board—specifically chairman Charles Warren and board members Bernest Hewett and Tina Jackson—just don’t get it.
Warren and Hewett have a history of voting 2-for-2 on DSS matters. And Jackson, remember her? She was the DSS board member who resigned, and then Warren announced he wouldn’t accept her resignation, then she changed her mind, then she got back on the board.
Now, the voting-trio is aligned, again, and they have made a majority decision that—again—makes no sense.
On Tuesday, the three voted yes to have Gary Shipman be the DSS board attorney.
Remember Shipman? He’s the former DSS board attorney whose contract was terminated by the county.
He’s the same attorney who continued to do work for the DSS board, even after that contract was terminated, and who continued to bill the county—trustees of your tax dollars—for work he isn’t contracted to do.
If that wasn’t enough of a mess, Warren is currently using Shipman as his personal attorney in a legal matter against the county.
We would question Warren why he doesn’t think there is a problem with this, but we already know his answer. Warren’s actions say he thinks he can do whatever he wants as DSS board chair.
The DSS board is a circus. It’s like watching all those clowns crawl in and out of a car, over and over again.
First, commissioners passed a code of ethics. They all stepped down from their conflicting boards.
But not Warren.
Warren then called upon Shipman to argue why he should stay.
Eventually, the county fired Shipman.
Warren told Shipman to keep on working anyway.
The county refused to acknowledge Shipman as DSS attorney, but Shipman kept working.
Warren then brought Shipman on to represent him in a legal matter against the county—and now he wants the county to sign a contract for Shipman to work for DSS beneath the auspices of Brunswick County government.
How many clowns are in that car?
Thank goodness David Grimes and Pat Sykes, the other two DSS board members, had enough common sense to vote no against this.
Warren said previously he approached other attorneys and they didn’t want to have anything to do with the DSS board.
There is a reason for that, Mr. Warren, and the vote to hire Shipman is one of far too many examples.